Associate Professor, Law, and Deputy Director, Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Law Faculty, Monash University

Melissa teaches, researches and writes on Australian public law, Indigenous legal issues and legal education. She is a Deputy Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law in the Law Faculty, Monash University. Melissa is a co-author with Professor Sarah Joseph of Federal Constitutional Law: A Contemporary View (Thomson Reuters, 2019). She is also a co-author (again with Professor Sarah Joseph) of The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: Cases, Materials and Commentary (Oxford University Press, 2013). Melissa was a Chief Investigator on an ARC funded project that investigated the legal and other barriers to Indigenous Australians' registration and certification of birth. She is National Editorial Convener for the Alternative Law Journal and a Board Member of the Victoria Law Foundation.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer, Law Faculty, Monash University
  • –present
    Deputy Director, Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Monash University
  • –present
    National Editorial Convenor, Alternative Law Journal


  • 2011 
    Monash University, Postgraduate Diploma of Education
  • 1999 
    University of Melbourne, Master of Laws
  • 1992 
    Monash University, Batchelor of Arts, Batchelor of Laws

Research Areas

  • Law (1801)
  • Law And Legal Studies (18)
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Law (180101)